▪ No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 7 Iowa
Time/TV: 11:10 a.m., CBS
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The Wildcats will look to get out of the first weekend for the first time since reaching the Final Four in 2009. The Hawkeyes edged Temple on Adam Woodbury’s stickback at the buzzer. Villanova has to contend with Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff, who had 23 points against the Owls and has 12 straight double-digit scoring days.
Pick: Villanova 73-67
AT SPOKANE, WASH.
▪ No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 13 Hawaii
Time/TV: 6:10 p.m, TBS
President Obama’s upset pick came through as Hawaii toppled No. 4 seed California for the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. Big West player of the year Stefan Jankovic led the way with 16 points. Maryland held off South Dakota State behind Jack Layman’s career-high 27.
Pick: Maryland 79-68
AT OKLAHOMA CITY
▪ No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 VCU
Time/TV: 4:15 pm., CBS
Buddy Hield scored 27 points as the Sooners pulled away late from Bakersfield and will try to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. VCU knocked off Oregon State and got a big game from JeQuan Lewis with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Pick: Oklahoma 80-75
▪ No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa
Time/TV: 6:40 p.m., TruTV
Can Northern Iowa come down from one of the greatest shots in NCAA Tournament history? Paul Jesperson’s midcourt bank at the buzzer beat Texas. Texas A&M walloped Green Bay in the first round, and players said they were inspired by comments by Kentucky coach John Calipari, who said his Wildcats should have a better seed after beating the Aggies in the SEC Tournament title game.
Pick: Texas A&M 66-60
AT SPOKANE, WASH.
▪ No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 St. Joseph’s
Time/TV: 8:40 p.m., TBS
Forgotten in the did-it-count aftermath of the dunk by Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis (it did not), was the clutch shot by St. Joseph’s Isaiah Miles that put the Hawks ahead with 9 seconds remaining. Oregon was one of the bright spots for the Pac-12 in the first round, pounding Holy Cross by shooting 56 percent from the floor.
Pick: Oregon 87-75
AT BROOKLYN, N.Y.
▪ No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin
Time/TV: 1:40 p.m., CBS
Stephen F. Austin gave West Virginia fits with its pressure defense, which could play into this game. The Irish, not a careless ball-handling team, turned it over 16 times in its triumph over Michigan. Notre Dame came from 12 back to defeat the Wolverines. Now, the Irish must contend with Lumberjacks star Thomas Walkup, who had 33 points against the Mountaineers.
Pick: Stephen F. Austin 71-70
AT ST. LOUIS
▪ No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 7 Wisconsin
Time/TV: 7:40 p.m., TNT
James Farr was huge for the Musketeers over Weber State with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Can Xavier impose its offensive will on a Badgers team that beat Pittsburgh 47-43? Wisconsin’s point total was the fewest by a winning NCAA Tournament team since 2003.
Pick: Xavier 55-53
AT ST. LOUIS
▪ No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 15 Middle Tennessee State
Time/TV: 5:10 p.m., TNT
This is the most unexpected of the second-round meetings. Middle Tennessee State shot its way past Michigan State in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history and now faces Syracuse’s zone defense. The Orange won impressively over Dayton, dominating the boards (48-28), led by Tyler Roberson’s 18.
Pick: Syracuse 75-63